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>> thank you so much for watching. the cbs evening news with scott pelly is up next. john miller has his harrowing story in the first television interview. bill plante breaks news asking the president about the growing hunger strike at guantanamo bay. >> it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. >> pelley: a new survey finds a major change in housing prices coast to coast. carter evans has the numbers. and he was the first american to climb everest. >> i was just a frail human being. we were just hanging on to life. you're in the death zone. if you don't get down, you die. >> reporter: chip reid tells us at 84 jim whitaker hasn't lost his step.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. you're about to hear for the first time from a man who got caught up in the terror in boston two weeks ago and helped bring it to an end. an immigrant from china, he was car jacked by the suspects, but he escaped and tipped off the police. he worries even now for his safety. so we concealed his identity and altered his voice. john miller has the interview. >> reporter: this 26-year-old chinese entrepreneur who calls himself danny, had just pulled over in his new mercedes on this boston street to send a text message when a man jumped in. >> i thought it was just a robbery, you know. >> reporter: but danny quickly
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realized this was more than just a robbery. >> reporter: the gunman was tamerlan tsarnaev. he and his younger brother loaded the remaining bombs into danny's car. the two men spoke to each other in russian. did you understand any of the words in their conversation? >> reporter: manhattan? >> reporter: did it seem like they were going there? >> reporter: en route to a gas station, danny's phone rang. it was his roommate who wondered why he wasn't home. tamerlan pulled a gun out.
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>> reporter: so when your roommate hears you speaking in english, does he answer in english? >> reporter: saying what? >> reporter: what happens then? >> reporter: so at some point you start thinking, i need an exit strategy here. >> reporter: at the gas station, dzhokhar left the car to pay. tamerlan was fiddling with the g.p.s. danny knew this might be his last chance. how do you do that in your head? do you say 1, 2, 3?
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>> reporter: you're going, he's reaching out. reporter: and now you're running. >> reporter: he ran across the street to this station and pleaded with the clerk to call 911. >> reporter: if you hadn't escaped, called 911 and put police on the trail of these bombers, bad things would have happened. i mean, you are a hero in this story.
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those bad guys. i think they are the >> reporter: so danny felt lucky to get out of this alive and in one piece, his car, the 2013 mercedes s.u.v. was not so lucky, scott. police used its g.p.s. to track it to where they cornered them in the shootout. it sustained 32 bullet holes so the daimler leasing company says a month-and-a-half into the deal, danny's car is a total loss. you know what? he's okay with that. >> pelley: john, thanks. great interview. john will have more of this interview with danny tomorrow on cbs this morning. in the face of a growing hunger strike, president obama said today that he will try again to close the guantanamo bay prison camp. about 100 prisoners have joined the three-month-old protest being held against a protest against being held indefinitely without trial. in the first months of the war in afghanistan, terror suspects were flown to the u.s. base in
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cuba where they could be held without appearing in u.s. courts. there were 680 prisoners at one time. today 166 remain. bill plante asks the question that made news today. he's at the white house now. bill? >> reporter: scott, when barack obama was running for president in 2008, he vowed to close the u.s. prison in guantanamo bay cuba, a promise he did not keep. today he blamed congress. and with many of the prisoners there on that hunger strike that you mentioned, he said he'd try again. >> is it any surprise really that they would prefer death rather than have no end in sight to their confinement? >> it is not a surprise to me that we have problems in guantanamo. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standing. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts.
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it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. i'm going to go back at this and i'm going to reengage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that is in the best interest of the american people. >> meanwhile you continue to force feed these folks. >> i don't want these individuals to die. obviously the pentagon is trying to manage the situation as best as they can. but i think all of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? why are we doing this? and i understand that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 with the traumas that had taken place why for a lot of americans the notion was somehow that we had to create a special as if facility like guantanamo and we couldn't handle this in a normal, conventional fashion. i understand that reaction. but we're now over a decade out.
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we should be wiser. >> reporter: the president says that guantanamo prisoners can be dealt with in the civilian justice system. and, scott, he noted that the underwear bomber and the times square bomber are both serving their life sentences without incident in maximum security u.s. prisons. >> pelley: bill plante at the white house. bill, thank you very much. the pentagon has sent a 40- person medical team to guantanamo to force feed inmates liquid protein through a tube in their nose. a majority in congress do not want to close the prison. some question whether it would be safe to transfer those prisoners to u.s. courts. this was republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina last month. >> we believe firmly that gitmo, there is no substitute for it, that congress will agree upon. that it is the right place to put an enemy combatant for interrogation.
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and when at all possible trial. >> pelley: a prison spokesman says that no prisoner will be allowed to starve himself to death. the f.b.i. believes that it has solved a case of domestic terrorism. those letters laced with a poison called ricin that were mailed to president obama, a u.s. senator and a mississippi judge. in court papers today, the f.b.i. says ricin was found in a martial arts studio that was run by james dutschke of tune low, mississippi. dutschke was arrested on saturday. now on to the economy. americans are feeling better about jobs and pay increases and as a result the survey of consumer confidence rebounded after a sharp drop in march. another reason for the confidence is a jump in home values. home prices in february rose on average 9%. that's the biggest year-to-year increase since 2006. the case schiller index shows that phoenix led the way with prices up 23%.
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san francisco was up 19%. dallas, 7%. boston and chicago 5%. and new york home prices were up about 2%. there is a big increase too in los angeles. and here's carter evans. >> reporter: home prices in los angeles are up more than 14% over last year. rising so quickly, alex griswald had to rethink his plan to buy a bigger home for their growing family. >> we decided that the best way to get a good house in a good area for us for the next five to ten years was actually building a new, a completely new house here. >> reporter: the rising value of their home allowed the griswalds to take out a home equity loan to pay for construction. >> at the end of the day i'll be able to put in the money here, have the bigger space that we need, be able to get my money back because of the market condition and not spend as much
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as i would have buying elsewhere. >> reporter: a low inventory of homes on the market is driving the rapid recovery in prices across southern california. in march, 52% of homes listed for sale in los angeles were under contract within two weeks. many with multiple offers coming in above asking price. something not seen since the housing bubble burst six years ago. realtor ben lee says his listings get bids within days. >> it's a frenzy. i'll have people calling me before it hits the market trying to get in and give their clients an advantage. i'll have multiple buyers lined up outside. >> reporter: that's what discouraged the griswalds from buying a new home. you don't think this market is a bubble right now? >> no, no. i think it's a correction. we're getting to what the proper prices of these neighborhoods should be. >> reporter: and low mortgage rates are also fueling the housing recovery here, scott. the average on a 30-year fixed mortgage right now is 3.4%. that's close to a record low.
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essentially. >> her only hope was an artificial windpipe, an environmental device, none in the united states, and none of them children. her medical team custom designed a tube. it was bathed in stem cells taken from hannah's bone marrow. in a surgery on april 9th, the bio engineered windpipe was placed in hannah. when she woke up after the operation she was breathing on her own for the first time in her life. >> lately i have just been watching her learning how to live without a tube. now her lips are together. before she never tasted and she never smelled. she looks so much older, so much more mature, stronger, more b. -- b. she was reborn
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the world's tallest mountain would be enough to satisfy anyone, but not jim whitaker. 50 years ago tomorrow he became the first american to reach mount everest. he is now 84, and as chip reed reports, he is still looking for new channels. >> it was a grueling three month, 185-mile trek that allowed jim whitaker to make history. >> do you remember how you felt? >> there was no feeling of exhilaration, no feeling of boy, we pulled it off. i was just a frail human being. we were hanging onto life. >> one member of his team died on the way up. whitaker spent only 20 minutes on the summit. >> were you scared? >> yes, ma'am fear is a good thing to have. you have to be afraid of heights, or you're going to --
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yes. fear is a good thing. you have to be afraid of heights so you can live. >> when jfk was assassinated, younger brother bobby asked whitaker to help him climb in canada. >> i said have you ever climbed in canada. he said no. i said okay. we'll take it. >> along the way whitaker and kennedy became close friends. >> he walked up, stood on the top. man, that's where the tears freeze on your face. it was so emotional. i loved him like a brother. >> now, a half century later whitaker is 84 years old with two artificial knees, but he celebrated his birthday by hiking. >> how much did you do? >> i only walked 40 miles. >> only 40. >> but it was high.
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that's the difficulty. >> you're being a little modest. that's pretty good. >> you gotta keep moving, right? that was my first major peak that i climbed. >> from his home near seattle he can see the olympic mountains where his life of adventure began as a teenager. >> what do you say to kids who spend most of their time before a computer screen? >> get outside. nature is the best teacher. you have to enjoy it before you check out. >> this summer whitaker plans to follow his own advice, hiking in as many national parks as time will allow. chip reed, cbs news port townsend, washington. >> that's the cbs news tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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students skipping class. kp has learned: >> there is no requirement for schools that identify the chronically absent. kpix has learned the trouble with truancy in the bay area is only a slice of a much bigger trouble at our schools. i am elizabeth cook. >> i am allen martin. new at 6:00, numbers don't lie, but they don't always tell the whole story. in california's tracking system for truancy, it is proof. channel5's anna notarangelo has more about the cut list and it could cost the schools big time. >> california education has focused on teaching students to
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pass standardized test, but spent very little attention on making sure kids were in school. what schools are mandated to track are truancy rates and there are startling numbers. in 2011, hayward led alameda county with a can i have% truancy rate. that is -- tuna 85% truancy rate. truancy is a technical term with a low standard. it is three or more unexcused absences or 30 minutes tardy three times. there is a growing movement what is called chronic absence. it got so bad in hayward the school board president says the district began to assume it would lose attendance revenue. >> there was just an automatic writeoff of the ada of


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